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How I Became a Photographer

October 28, 2016

Having a career in technology, I am often asked why I chose to become a photographer so here’s the full story!

I’ve been fascinated by photography since I was a young kid. My dad was an adventurer in his early life and liked to photograph a lot of the amazing places he visited. On our early vacations, he brought along his Olympus film camera and encouraged me and my siblings to take photographs of the things we found fun. My first personal camera was a tiny Kodak point-and-shoot that I bought for myself sometime around middle school. I thought I was so cool hanging out with my sister in the backyard setting up small scenes, such as a tribal village of gummy bears or mercilessly following my cat around the house and forcing her to sit still while I took a hundred image of her.

Senior year of high school, we were told to come up with a senior project to learn something new or volunteer somewhere. Figuring photography was something I could have fun with, I chose to buy a Sony Cybershot camera to use personally and contribute to the school yearbook. For a point-and-shoot camera, it was pretty darn good! I got to practice constantly and spent the entire year photographing anything and everything. My composition and timing improved dramatically.

Fast forward to college, I attended Rochester Institute of Technology for the Management Information Systems program and quickly discovered that we had an incredible photography program with extremely high rankings from Resource Magazine. George Eastman, the founder of Kodak, was a philanthropist for local education and several employees from the company came to be teachers at the school. We had so many incredible resources to learn about photography with classes focused on the physics of light, color science, optics, and so many amazing and in-depth technologies. As a Management Information Systems student in the College of Business, I decided to take a photography for non-majors class. It wasn’t a terribly involved course, but I learned enough to spark a legitimate interest. My first summer of college, I stayed to attend a transfer program to join the Fine Arts Photography program.

Now, I have graduated and am working to build my own business outside of my full time career. I love bringing out the beauty and elegance in people and photography gives me an opportunity to work with new people and learn about different industries.